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Sat., Sept. 24, 2011, 11:05 a.m.

Go, granny, go

 Our boomer generation is again making headlines as we become grandparents: The newer grandparents are still working, with greater disposable income and now make up 1 in 4 adults. And more than ever, grandparents are once again parents - to their grandchildren - either offering financial assistance or becoming the in-house parents.

 Our children have to face a daunting economy in which to find work that supports their own families.

Unemployment among workers ages 25 to 34 last year was double that of Americans ages 55 to 64. So today's grandparents - often still employed - are likely to pay a grandchild's school tuition, or pay for activities like music lessons, sports or summer camp.

 Some aging boomers even assume fulltime parenting roles. (Nearly 8 percent of all children are living with grandparents.)

 Do you know someone who is raising or supporting a grandchild?

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